Things to consider that will save you money.

In the last three years, 18% of homeowners have extended their property.

It can be an attractive idea, it adds space and value, plus often improving the look of a place. But more space means more space to heat, and that can come with added costs.

Building Regulations stipulate that you have to take on certain energy efficiency measures when extending, like insulating cavities and floors (plus lofts if there is one), making provisions for low-energy lighting wherever possible, and installing thermostatic valves on any new radiators. But beyond mere compliance, real advantage can be gained from seeing an extension as an opportunity in the life of your home to take affirmative action on reducing energy costs and improving comfort.

This applies to both the extension itself and beyond. Think about investing in the most energy efficient options your budget can stretch to. First and foremost, building materials.

While the builders are in, it might well be an idea to consider installing wall insulation on the whole home. This saves on cost and hassle, while making all rooms warmer and potentially bringing fuel bill savings of £250 to £350 or more a year, depending on your home and heating system. These are not the only advantages of an all-over approach to wall insulation. External wall insulation gives the extension and the rest of the home the same look, and a good render can make your home weather-proof for years.

Heating costs as we all know are rising rapidly, before you make any changes to your home check out if you are entitled to any financial assistance either from the energy companies or the Government. It’s easy to do and can save you a lot of hard earned cash, check out on this site or call for help.

We all know winter is here and our energy bills are again increasing so it is time to look at ways of saving money, cavity wall insulation is most certainly one. The savings that can be made are very beneficial and due consideration should be give to this form of energy saving.

This form of insulation is a filling blown into the gap between your interior and exterior walls. It helps save heat loss through your walls and therefore saves you money on your energy bills. Without cavity insulation every home around the country could well be wasting more than £350 every year.

Cavity insulation will keep your home warmer in the winter and much cooler in the summer so it really is a winner all round. You will also be reducing your carbon footprint considerably which is all helping towards a cleaner environment.

Installing this type of insulation is very quick and simple and will normally only take a day to complete.

Are you aware this could all be done for no charge as most energy suppliers are offering free installation if you meet the set criteria. Many people around the country are missing out on energy saving benefits companies are offering.

It is well worth your time to check and see what is available to you and your family, can you afford to waste money?

If you want to improve your homes energy efficiency do make contact and one of our fully trained advisers will be happy to assist.

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It is easy to find out if you qualify for a grant or even free installation, select your requirement and just click the “see if I qualify” or “apply now”. This action could save you a great deal of money over the long term.

1) Insulating your hot water pipes is a quick and effortless way to save energy. As well as reducing heat loss from your system, pipe lagging will also prevent pipes from getting too cold in winter, and therefore prevents pipes bursting. Pipe insulation is an easy DIY install – you can buy foam insulation tubes online or from a DIY store and slip them over your pipes. In a typical house, materials will cost around £30, and you will save around £30 a year on your energy bills, as well as reducing the possibility of expensive repair bills from burst pipes.

2) Room thermostats allow households to set and maintain the temperature at home. A programmer sets the heating to turn on and off at certain times of the day to suit household lifestyles. Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) let householders control the temperature of each radiator.

3) New Modern boilers are more efficient than older models. If your boiler is more than 10 years old it will be far less efficient than a newer model, consider replacing it with a more efficient condensing boiler. Costs and savings vary depending on your current boiler’s efficiency, fuel type and your house type but fuel bill savings can be significant. In some cases you may be entitled to a grant or even free upgrade, check out on this site.

4) Top-up your loft insulation. The majority of homes have some loft insulation but many don’t have the recommended 270mm depth. Once again you may be entitled to free insulation and fitting so do check.

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If you would like help reducing your energy bills and in turn reducing your carbon footprint, do make contact and an adviser will be pleased to assist.

Heating bills have risen this year, with the average cost of a Standard Variable Tariff (SVT) up from £1,070 to £1,145. More than a quarter of working families (28%) said they are still languishing on these expensive SVTs.

Those who are struggling with their energy bills should first ensure they’re not paying too much for the energy they use and see how much they could save by switching supplier.

Is your home as energy efficient as it could be?

Are you aware there are offers of free cavity wall and loft insulation, as well as grants towards new energy efficient boilers, which can help make homes more energy efficient and therefore cheaper to keep warm? Some suppliers are even offering free insulation, dependent on the type of property. So, just take a few moments to check on this site to see if you could be eligible for any free upgrades and in turn SAVE MONEY.

Some very easy tips to start with:

Bleed your radiators on a regular basis.

Change electric light bulbs to energy saving ones.

Stop any drafts from doors and windows.

Turn the heating down when you go to bed.

Don’t leave any electrical device on standby.

Leaving televisions and games consoles on permanent standby costs £45-£80 a year and we waste nearly £29m per year in this country by leaving our phone chargers switched on even though we’re not charging our phones.

Start to reduce your energy bills.

You can very easily check on this site to see if you are entitled to any free or help towards making your home far more energy efficient.

Winter has arrived, and many of us are already starting to feel its harsh bite - and with sub-zero temperatures forecast for December, now is the time to make sure that you and your home are ready for the icy onslaught. Protecting your water pipes against the cold may be the last thing on your mind, but a burst pipe in winter can be a real headache, so taking the time to prevent it from happening can be a wise move, particularly given the cost involved.

Water damage from pipe bursts can result in a huge amount of damage to homes and ruin people's precious belongings leading to huge heartache and misery. However, there are simple steps homeowners can take to protect their properties, which can dramatically reduce the chances of pipes freezing.

So, what exactly can you do to prevent your water pipes from freezing?

Make sure your loft area is well insulated, if not get it done as soon as possible. This action in some cases can be done free of charge so check out on this site to see if you qualify.

Keeping your water pipes warm and cozy isn't demanding work. In fact, there are a few simple steps that everyone can take to help prevent the big freeze ruining the festive period with a burst pipe:

Keep the heating on.

If you're planning on going away for the Christmas period, it's best not to try and save money by turning off the heating in your absence. If there is no hot water or warm air circulating around your home, your pipes will be in danger of freezing, so make sure that you have your heating on regularly and use a timer if you are going away.

Insulate your pipes.

We've all heard the benefit of insulating our home, but your water pipes can also benefit from the same protection. It's an especially good idea to make sure that the pipes and water tank in your loft are well insulated, which will help prevent them freezing and bursting.